WHO WE ARE
At the Congregational Church of La Jolla, God isn’t just a word, and Jesus Christ isn’t a set of rules by which we judge others. God is a loving presence in our lives, and Jesus Christ—through the Holy Spirit—transforms us into a family which cares for its members and reaches out to the world. Though we cherish our traditional architecture and worship, we are also an open-minded congregation. With the rest of the United Church of Christ, we value diversity, and decry discrimination in all its forms.
The Congregational Church of La Jolla is, in fact, an Open & Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. We open our church doors to the full diversity of humankind in God’s glorious creation, warmly embracing all differences in age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, mental and physical ability, ethnic and cultural identity, religious background, educational level, and socioeconomic status. Furthermore, we affirm that all those to whom we open our doors are welcome and encouraged to fully participate in the worship, life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings, and joys of our congregation’s life in Christ.
Though we are a people for whom Christ is the gateway to wholeness and Christianity the way to fulfillment, we engage in sacred conversation with sincere followers of other faith expressions, enthusiastically acknowledging that which we share in common, and joyfully seeking ways to reach out together to a divided world.
Congregational churches have never had tests of faith, but believe every believer has a testimony of their individual relationship with God. Instead of creeds or confessions, our faith communities share covenants around which they arrange their common life. The first such covenant was the Mayflower Compact, signed by each person who participated in the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620. Here is our current church covenant, adopted nearly four centuries later:
We covenant with God and with one another, promising to join together in worship and the celebration of the sacraments, in the study of the scriptures, in sharing the good news with one another and the world around us, in joining in the struggle for justice for the whole human family, and in welcoming into our midst all who seek God and community, that the love of God, the grace of Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit may be known and acknowledged in the life of our congregation.